Do you need barcodes for your products?

June 9, 2012
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If you manufacture your own products you’re probably wondering if you need barcodes for your products. The answer is, It Depends!

You technically don’t need barcodes for your products unless you are selling at the wholesale level and a store asks you for bar codes or unless you plan on selling to large retailers (like drugstores, department stores, bookstores, etc.). In the four years that I have ran my own t-shirt business, only one store has ever asked me for barcodes (a national chain of retail stores).

However, if you do find that you need barcodes, you first need to set up an account at GS1US.org and then use any one of their approved partners to print the barcodes for you. You can find a list here.

There are also some companies that sell barcodes directly without having to go through GS1US. I have ordered them through http://www.createbarcodes.com and had a great experience, so I highly recommend them.

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